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The truth machine : a social history of the lie detector

Author: G C Bunn
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012.
Series: Johns Hopkins studies in the history of technology (Unnumbered)
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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How do you trap someone in a lie? For centuries, all manner of truth-seekers have used the lie detector. This title unpacks the history of this device and explores the interesting and often  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: G C Bunn
ISBN: 9781421405308 9781421406510 142140530X 1421406519
OCLC Number: 759050078
Description: viii, 246 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Plotting the hyperbola of deception --
"A thieves' quarter, a devil's den": the birth of criminal man --
"A vast plain under a flaming sky": the emergence of criminology --
"Supposing that truth is a woman-what then?": the enigma of female criminality --
"Fearful errors lurk in our nuptial couches": the critique of criminal anthropology --
"To classify and analyze emotional persons": the mistake of the machines --
"Some of the darndest lies you ever heard": who invented the lie detector? --
"A trick of burlesque employed ... against dishonesty": the quest for euphoric security --
"A bally hoo side show at the fair": the spectacular power of expertise --Conclusion: The hazards of the will to truth.
Series Title: Johns Hopkins studies in the history of technology (Unnumbered)
Other Titles: A social history of the lie detector
Responsibility: Geoffrey C. Bunn.

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Any with an interest in criminal justice or general social issues will find this a compelling account. Midwest Book Review To paraphrase Dragnet, there are many histories to tell of the lie detector; Read more...

 
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